Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day

Community support needed for chance to win up to $25,000 ASPCA grant to help retrain and rehome more off-track Thoroughbreds

Lexington, KY — Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day on April 21-26 and competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is partnering with local riding barn Liftoff Equestrian LLC to host the Liftoff Horseless Horse Show and Fair on Sunday, April 23, 2-5pm.

This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

“The ASPCA Help A Horse Day contest is a wonderful opportunity for our team to showcase the athleticism and versatility of the Thoroughbred in second careers. We are thrilled to be partnering with Liftoff for this event, as their barn of sport horses is filled with off-track Thoroughbreds excelling in multiple equestrian disciplines,” said Susanna Thomas, Executive Director of the MMSC.  “Thoroughbreds, and indeed all horses, give us such joy and love, and we hope our local supporters will give back to these magnanimous animals by coming out on April 23 to help us win a $25,000 grant that will enable the MMSC to continue our retraining and rehoming efforts for years to come.”

The Liftoff Horseless Horse Show and Fair will feature multiple classes that allow two-legged participants of all ages to imitate their four-legged partners by galloping courses of human-sized jumps. Off-track Thoroughbreds will be available for meet-and-greets, and a graduate of the MMSC’s adoption program will feature in a kissing booth. The afternoon will be fun for the whole family with activities such as horseshoe paining, bottle tosses, raffles, a carrot cake and apple pie bake off, and more! All proceeds from the event will benefit the adoptable off-track Thoroughbreds of the MMSC who are looking for new careers and loving homes.


The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers. The initial funding came from Maker’s Mark, Keeneland Race Course, and private donors. Today the MMSC is supported solely by donations, grants, and adoption fees. Director Susanna Thomas brought the Horse Centered Reschooling Program℠ to the MMSC. It is a holistic interdisciplinary training program compromised of three distinct phases: body, spirit, and mind. Potential adopters must fill out an application and when approved come to the MMSC to try the horse/s to make sure that the fit between horse and adopter is a good one. The MMSC is open to the public and welcomes visitors. For more information visit and follow the MMSC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.